Author Archives: Bob Ruggiero

About Bob Ruggiero

I am a passionate fan of classic rock (and related music) with nearly 30 years experience writing about it for daily/weekly newspapers and magazines. I am also the author of "Slippin' Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR." Available on Amazon!

Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms Talks His “Miserable” Legacy

 To certain musically-inclined Gen Xers, one of the most formative and beloved albums of the early ‘90s was New Miserable Experience, the second studio effort that became the breakthrough album for the Gin Blossoms. The Tempe, Arizona-based alt-pop-rockers spawned four … Continue reading

Posted in Gin Blossoms | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

German Heavy Metal Barons Accept Get “Classy”

While he thinks the word “crazy” might be stretching it a bit, guitarist Wolf Hoffman does understand that what he did at Germany’s 2017 Wacken Open Air Festival (the world’s largest annual gathering of heavy metal fans) might have some … Continue reading

Posted in Accept | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Funk Brother Dennis Coffey’s Scorpio Rises Again

It sounded like the greatest theme song to a gritty ‘70s cops-and-drugs movie that never came out. But in 1971, guitarist Dennis Coffey’s funky, rocking, slashing instrumental “Scorpio” was a million seller, hitting #6 on the Top 40. And it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Dennis Coffey | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dave Mason’s Rock ‘n Soul Revue

In his decades-long career, Dave Mason has been a lot of things. Founding member of the seminal band Traffic (which punched his ticket into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), hit-producing solo artist in the ‘70s, and collaborator and … Continue reading

Posted in Dave Mason | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Another Sip of the Lovin’ Spoonful with Steve Boone

It was the evening of August 26, 1966.  In the bowels of New York’s Shea Stadium – though only they knew it – the Beatles were preparing for what would likely be one of their final concerts in front of … Continue reading

Posted in Lovin' Spoonful | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gary Lewis is the Real King of the Playboys

It’s fairly unusual for a band to hit #1 on the charts with their very first single – and especially considering they had never even gone on a tour before. But that’s exactly what happened in February 1965 when the … Continue reading

Posted in Gary Lewis | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Led Zep’s Fearsome Manager Gets a Book of His Own

Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond – The Story of Rock’s Greatest Manager By Mark Blake 304 pp., $27, Da Capo Press As any Led Zeppelin fan who has thumbed through Hammer of the Gods, seen … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Led Zeppelin | Tagged , , | Leave a comment